Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Using Performance Variables to Predict Strength in Female Athletes

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Using Performance Variables to Predict Strength in Female Athletes

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The importance of assessing strength for improving performance is commonly done with repetition maximums or repetition to fatigue assessments. However, because of the volume of weight lifted, lack of lifting experience, and level of physiological maturation these lifts may not always be appropriate for female athletes. Therefore the purpose of this study was to investigate relationships between one-repetition maximum (1RM) strength measures and various sports performance measures in an effort to identify an alternative to 1RM testing. Fifty-seven high school female athletes (14-18 years old) completed a 1RM bench press and a 1RM leg press to determine absolute and relative strength. Athletes were also evaluated on various performance measures including: sit-ups, 40-yard sprit, vertical jump, sit and reach, medicine ball throw, and the line drill, as well as body composition measures. A Pearson product correlation and regression analysis was utilized to determine relationships between 1RM strength measures, the performance measures, and the body composition measures. …

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